Happy Tails Alerts

  • March Madness!

    We are offering a discount on our Ground Transport Planning Fee for travel during the month of March!

    Our March Madness Special Ground Transport Planning fee is $200 for civilian domestic ground relocation (reduced from $250), and $185 for military and rescue domestic ground relocation (reduced from $200).  

    In addition to the discounted transport planning fee, you will be responsible for the cost of the transportation itself which is based on mileage and/or timing.

    *Please note our March Madness Special is only valid for travel between March 1st - 31st, 2019.  A signed contract must be returned prior to the discount being applied.

We've been home for a month and everyone is settling in nicely! Attached is a picture of Briny enjoying her new home. Thanks again for all your help!
Warm regards,

Clayton Saunders from Rome, Italy to Dulles, VA

Blue the Dog - Military Pet transportation services from California, USA to Brandon Suffolk UK Blue the Dog - Overseas Pet travel services from California, USA to Brandon Suffolk UK

Just wanted to say thank you for all your help getting Blue to the UK. Everything went perfectly from his paperwork to his drop off to the pick-up.

He was a very happy boy when we picked him up and his customs clearance process was very smooth.

Erin Sturgell & Blue
Rosamond CA to Brandon Suffolk UK

Obi - dog shipped from Smithfield, VA to Venice, Italy

After a few days Obi is still doing great! He is eating normal, sleeping as expected, and being his general frisky self. I've attached a picture of Obi and the kids for your enjoyment. We are grateful for your help in getting him here in such good health. He was well taken care of. Thanks!


Ike Williams
Smithfield, VA to Venice, Italy

Dogs, Sierra and Jenny shipped from Austin, TX to Oakland, CA

Thanks to Happy Tails Travel Jenny & Sierra had a safe flight from Austin, TX to Oakland, CA.

Happy Tails Travel coordinated the entire travel process for my pets. I was up to date on all the arrangements even as they traveled to their final destination. We were very pleased with the services Bridget provided. Thanks Happy Tails!!

Leslie F.
Austin, TX to Oakland, CA

Here are some photos of our Ellie (female dog) and Hapa (male cat) after their very long trip from Maui to Maine. They are enjoying their Happy Tails cowboy bandanas.

You did a fantastic job getting them to us in very good condition. They were no worse for the wear and as happy as ever to see us. They settled into our their new home like they had been here all along! We are so grateful for your service!

Our best to you,

Michael and Leanne Caires
Makawao, HI to Portland ME

We are eternally grateful for your helping our dogs, Bo and Megan be flown to us without any muss or fuss.

Thank you! Kelly Brilakis
Denver, Co to Atlanta Ga.

Why can my Pet not Travel to and from any Airport? A Focus on International Travel and Large Breeds

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Aug 14, 2015

As we discussed last week, pets won’t be allowed on just any flight. There are many limitations when it comes to live animal shipments, such as the restrictions of the particular airline, the type of aircraft, and the size of your pet. 

A challenge faced by many pet owners is shipping large pets to smaller cities or shipping pets internationally from small cities.  Sometimes there can even be issues when a small dog or cat needs to leave from a relatively remote location. 

This becomes a challenge as small cities often have regional (or non-international) airports using smaller aircraft, many of which are not pet friendly.  These planes tend to be regional jets, which are not only smaller, but also older and often do not have the proper holds (temperature controlled, pressurized, and oxygenated pet cargo holds) available on-board to transport your pets safely.  Happy Tails Travel is happy to arrange ground transportation to or from the airport to ensure that your pet is on a flight suitable for their safe and comfortable relocation needs.

Another challenge is international travel from a small city.  While your pet may be able to fly out of a smaller city, they will first have to fly to a larger, international airport within the country of origin.  In doing so, there is a good chance your pet will have to change airlines from a domestic to an international airline. This can incur additional costs, as two flight reservations are needed and your furry family member will require the assistance of an agent to help transfer them from one airline to the next.

When considering international pet relocation, it is also important to note that not all airports are able to accept pets for international check-in, even if it is an international airport.  For this reason, your pets may need to travel to an airport further away, to ensure that they can make their way to their final destination!

The last issue that can arise when it comes to pet travel is regarding the size of the pet or the required kennel.  Smaller aircraft have smaller pet cargo holds, which limit the size of pets that may travel on them.  If your feline or canine family members are very large, there is a good chance they will have to fly to and from large, international airports. We would then arrange ground transportation for the remainder of their journey.  It can be hard to tell whether a particular route will accommodate your pet. For this reason, it is helpful to use the services of a professional Pet Travel Agency such as Happy Tails Travel.  We have trained professionals who can arrange your pet’s travel by air with care to just about anywhere!

Please fill out our no obligation Pet Travel Form for more information and an estimate today!